Bears’ Special Teams Unravel In 4-1 Loss To Phantoms

The Hershey Bears fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 4-1 Wednesday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The loss drops the Bears record to 5-3-2-1 (13 points) on the season.


The Bears struck first with a goal from Mike Sgarbossa less than four minutes into the contest for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. The Phantoms would strike for four goals in the second period, including two shorthanded goals on the same Bears power play for a 4-1 lead at the second intermission. The final frame would go scoreless.


Pheonix Copley (2-2-1-0, 2.75 GAA, .901 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Felix Sandstrom (2-1-1, 3.18 GAA, .897 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Phantoms. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Brian Pinho (injury), Mike Vecchione (injury), Cody Franson (injury) and Eddie Whittchow (injury).

Recalled to Hershey: Jake Massie and Hunter Shepard were recalled from South Carolina on November 10. Drake Rymshaw was brought in from the Fort Wayne Komets on November 10.

Recalled to Capitals: Aliaksei Protas and Zach Fucale were recalled by the Capitals on November 10.

Suspended: Dylan McIlrath served the first game of a two-game suspension.


The Bears struck equick after Garrett Pilon jumped on a loose puck and dished to Mike Sgarbossa for the game’s first tally at 3:19 of the first period. Pilon (4) and Matt Moulson (4) had the assists.

The rest of the period would go scoreless as the Bears led 1-0 at the first intermission. Bears led in shots 9-6 after the first 20 minutes. Lehigh Valley was 0 for 2 on the power play while the Bears did not have a man advantage during the first 20 minutes of play.


The Phantoms would the game on a long distance shot from the left point by Max Willman (5) just 53 seconds into the middle frame. Cal O’Reilly (2) had the lone assist.

The Phantoms would take their first lead of the game on a power play goal from Gerry Mayhew (5) at 11:32 of the middle frame.

The Phantoms would record two shorthanded goals on the same Bears power play to take a 4-1 lead. Jackson Cates (2) and Cal O’Reilly(1) had the two shorties. Bobby Nardella and Alex Alexeyev had the key turnovers that led to the goals.

The period would end with the Pantoms lead 4-1. Hershey led in shots 17-15 after two periods. The Pantoms were 1 for 4 and the Bears 0 for 2 on the power play after two periods.


The Bears and Phantoms would skate to a scoreless draw in the final frame. The Phantoms would win this one, 4-1.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Crunch in Syracuse. Puck drop is 7:00 PM.


By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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1 Response to Bears’ Special Teams Unravel In 4-1 Loss To Phantoms

  1. GR in 430 says:

    Well, given that a good chunk of the team is either with the Caps or injured, I’m guessing we can expect a tough period for the Bears. Good news is that guys like Malenstyn, Pilon, Sutter, Clark and Gersich should get lots of TOI to prove… whatever they can prove.

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